When you hear Brian Orakpo say (as he did tonight), “We did a great job just trying to get after the quarterback, got some good holding calls, and that’s all she wrote,” it comes off a more than a little bizarre. I mean, really? We “got some good holding calls”?
Then you look at the AP photo above and realize that — bizarre at may sound — Orakpo earned all the holding calls against him, up to and including the game-winning holding penalty.
And if “game-winning holding penalty” still sounds kind of hokey and weird to you … well, it doesn’t to Orakpo’s teammates.
“You’re either gonna hold him or he’s gonna get the sack,” Chris Wilson said. “The man went to the Pro Bowl last year. The man would’ve had four sacks if he wouldn’t've gotten those holding penalties.”
Kedric Golston reached the same conclusion, after noting his belief that all three of Alex Barron’s holding penalties were against Orakpo. “Rak was doing all he could to win,” he said, “and the guy had to hold him to stop him. That’s a win in our book — if he wouldn’t've held him, it would’ve been a sack.”
“The dude knew he couldn’t just let him go by and get the sack,” Phillip Daniels said. “He grabbed him. They did it all night, and even though he didn’t get the sacks, those holding calls alone … in my book, they’re all sacks.”
In Orakpo’s book, on the other hand, not so much. “That has to be five sacks out there with them penalties like that,” Orakpo joked. “Let me get a sack, please!”
Then he turned serious. “Obviously I’m disappointed with not finishing the play,” he said, “but I couldn’t finish the play. At the same time, man, winning is all that matters. I don’t care about my stats, let the game speak for itself.”
The bad news is that Orakpo is unlikely to make the Pro Bowl as league leader in induced holding penalties. The good news is that — tonight at least — he gets credited with the game-winning play. And that really is all that matters.
Here’s a look at the play in question, with a hat tip to Mr. Irrelevant.
Tags: Brian Orakpo, Chris Wilson, Kedric Golston, Phillip Daniels
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